TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2014

Snake River dredging challenged by fishing groups

FISHING -- A decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin dredging a silted-in shipping channel in the Snake River near Lewiston is facing a court challenge by Northwest fishing and conservation groups and the Nez Perce Tribe. The groups said in a...


Nine Mile Reservoir drawdown to increase Monday

WATERSPORTS -- Generator updating at Nine Mile Dam on the Spokane River will require a further drawdown of Nine Mile Reservoir starting Monday, Avista officials say. The reservoir already has been lowered three feet since mid-August for the project to replace the original 1906 turbine...

MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014

First salmon in 102 years return to Elwha River

FISHING -- The Elwha River dams removal is one of the great "return-to-nature" stories to follow into the next decade.... Read the latest from the (Olympic) Peninsula Daily News. “When dam removal began three years ago, chinook salmon were blocked far downstream by the Elwha...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2014

Lake Coeur d’Alene annual drawdown starts today

WATERSPORTS -- The annual fall drawdown of Lake Coeur d’Alene will begin today, Avista officials say. The lake will be gradually lowered about a foot from full pool elevation of 2,128 feet by Sept. 30. The drawdown will continue an additional 1.5 feet a month...

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13, 2014

Nine Mile Reservoir drawdown starts Friday

WATERSPORTS -- The water level of Nine Mile Reservoir will be lowered 3 to 6 feet starting Friday to accommodate work underway at Nine Mile Dam. Avista Utilities is replacing original 1906 turbine generating Units 1 and 2, and associated equipment. The project requires the...

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

Post Falls Dam gates close; Spokane River flows drop

WATERSPORTS -- The Spokane River's flows have subsided enough for the spill gates at Post Falls Dam to be closed, Avista Utilities reports. That has allowed river recreation to open for the season starting today in the area between the Spokane Street Bridge and the...

SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014

Grand Coulee police cite angler near dam

FISHING – A Grand Coulee man has been cited by city police for fishing in an area that’s closed to public access immediately downstream from Grand Coulee Dam. Water below the dam (flowing into the reservoir called Lake Rufus Woods) was opened to fishing last...


Lake Spokane water levels to drop tonight

BOATING -- Avista Utilities will start lowering the water level of Lake Spokane (Long Lake Reservoir) today by an additional one and one-half feet to facilitate work downstream of the company’s Long Lake Dam, the company has just announced. By Thursday morning, May 1, the...

MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014

‘DamNation’ film scopes dam removals, river revivals

RIVERS – A new documentary about the impact of dams on rivers will be screened Wednesday, April 23, at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. in Spokane. DamNation, by Patagonia, follows the movement that started two decades ago with the removal of a dam...


Trucks ready to haul salmon around Wanapum Dam

FISHING – As construction workers race against the biological clocks of salmon to make fish ladders at Wanapum Dam operational, state fishery managers say they are standing ready with an alternate plan to truck spring chinook up the Columbia River. Shortly after discovering a 65-foot-long...


Army Corps to cull fish-eating birds on Snake River

WILDLIFE -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this spring plans to kill birds at some Snake and Columbia river dams to help protect juvenile salmon and steelhead, the Lewiston Tribune reports. The agency unveiled a plan last week that will allow as many as...


State restricts access to beach and water near Wanapum Dam

BOATING -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed five water access sites along the Columbia River behind Wanapum Dam, where the water level has been drawn down in response to a cracked spillway. The closures affect the Yo Yo, Old Vantage Highway,...

TUESDAY, JAN. 21, 2014

Revised plan is status quo for Columbia salmon

FISHING -- The federal government’s management plan for protecting salmon and steelhead populations imperiled by federal dams in the Columbia River basin differs little from its earlier version and continues to rely heavily on habitat improvement. Click continue reading for a report by the Associated...

THURSDAY, JAN. 2, 2014

Lake Spokane drawdown to begin Monday

RESERVOIRS -- The annual drawdown of Lake Spokane, the Spokane River reservoir also known as Long Lake, is set to begin on Monday (Jan. 6), Avista Utilities announced today in a media release. In 2013, the drawdown started on Jan. 23. Once the drawdown begins,...

THURSDAY, NOV. 7, 2013

Oregon’s Crooked River is year-round trout fishing gem

FISHING -- Solid winter trout fisheries are hot items. Check out this report from Mark Morical of the Bend Bulletin about Central Oregon's Crooked River, a trout stream that lures fly fishers from far and wide, especially to the 7-mile stretch below Bowman Dam.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23, 2013

Report: Kootenai River changes impact sturgeon

FISHERIES -- The eggs of endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon in Idaho and Montana are less likely to hatch in the river because of flow changes caused by Libby Dam and other human actions, according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey. Associated...

TUESDAY, OCT. 8, 2013

Update on fall chinook salmon record run

FISHING -- Although steelhead fishing has opened in the Ringold area of the Columbia River's Hanford Reach, most angling pressure has been focused on the record run of chinook salmon packing into the area. Anglers last week AVERAGED 2.5 chinooks per boat as they set...

MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 2013

Surprise! Disagreement on new plan for dams, salmon

USFWS releases new plan for NW dams to save salmon The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service is again opposing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's plan to increase releases of water from eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers to help salmon...

SUNDAY, SEPT. 8, 2013

Canoe journey spotlights plight of Columbia salmon

Episode 1: The Fish Ladder from Voyages of Rediscovery on Vimeo. RIVERS -- An expedition of canoeists and Native American students is leading an upstream effort to advocate construction of a fish ladder to reintroduce chinook salmon runs in the Columbia River above Grand Coulee...


Chinook run stalls at Lower Granite

FISHING -- An unusually lengthy warm season in the interior Columbia Basin, combined with low water volumes, has apparently given, first sockeye salmon and then fall chinook salmon, reason to pause before they jump an eighth and final hydro hurdle -- the lower Snake River’s...

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